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Twitter : Technology circa 1996 – Business Model circa 2001

Posted by Diarmuid on March 12, 2007

Honestly, it’s driving me insane.

Every where I look there are more and more twitterings about Twitter. How great it is, mobile web killer, IM for the masses. It’s tedious. Here is what it is. A website, a database, an SMS short code and ….. loads of cash. They receive texts and then send them for FREE to your mates. Now, I will guarantee you that a thousand engineers looked at developing something similar ( me included,I was using Derdack 10 years ago) back in the glory days, but even then I could not show how the thing would make money. You can buy bulk (100,000 + ) SMS from clickatell for 3 cents each. So if you have 100,000 people sending 5 texts per day to 5 friends that is a burn of 75,000 per DAY. Getting users to buy messages in bulk (skype, jajah) would work, but only 2 or 3 percent of users will do that .

So please , explain how this is anything other than a Web 1.0 giveaway? Maybe once it has achieved critical mass, it will start charging, but they would need to get the numbers up first. The server is grinding to a halt so maybe it is having problems scaling.

Diarmuid

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